And the Band Played On by Randy Shilts
Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic

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Upon it's first publication twenty years ago, And The Band Played on was quickly recognized as a masterpiece of investigatve reporting. An international bestseller, a nominee for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and made into a critically acclaimed movie, Shilts' expose revealed why AIDS was allowed to spread unchecked during the early 80's while the most trusted institutions ignored or denied the threat. One of the few true modern classics, it changed and framed how AIDS was discussed in the following years. Now republished in a special 20th Anniversary edition, And the Band Played On remains one of the essential books of our time.


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RANDY SHILTS was one of the first journalists to recognize AIDS as an important national issue and, in the early 1980s, he began to report on AIDS full time for the San Francisco Chronicle, making him the only journalist to do so. He was also the author of The Mayor of Castro Street: The Life and Times of Harvey Milk and Conduct Unbecoming: Gay and Lesbians in the U.S. Military.  Shilts died of AIDS-related complications in early 1994.
Published November 27, 2007 by St. Martin's Griffin. 660 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Political & Social Sciences, Gay & Lesbian, Professional & Technical, History, Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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Entertainment Weekly

''It's like all the plagues in the history of the world got squeezed into this one,'' says a medical researcher in And the Band Played On, an engrossing TV movie based on Randy Shilts' best-seller about the discovery of the AIDS virus.

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TV REVIEW : 'Band' Plays a Heartfelt, but Sanitized, Tune : HBO's ambitious project taps out the dark, foreboding rhythms of a mystery.

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London Review of Books

similarly, any advances in the treatment or prevention of Aids will benefit Westerners immediately, but their implantation in countries of the Southern hemisphere, including the African Aids epicentres, will certainly be slower and less effective.

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New York Magazine

The gay man once blamed for launching AIDS in 1980s America has finally been exonerated by modern science.

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Randy Shilts' monumental book about AIDS has been impressively assembled by scripter Arnold Schulman, who's based his dramatization on facts and "elements" from the book and from historical records, as well as creating fictionalized characters and situations.

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